Penn State Hazing Death Shows How You Can Get Charged With Manslaughter

Yesterday, a Grand Jury charged 18 members of Penn State’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity with the hazing death of Timothy Piazza…including eight members with involuntary manslaughter. The details of the testimonies highlighted how hazing continues to be a major health risk on campuses and the many mistakes that fraternity brothers made in treating a person who needed real medical attention.

Source: Penn State Hazing Death Shows How You Can Get Charged With Manslaughter

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Man arrested in machete attack at Kentucky university coffee shop |

A man armed with a machete asked about the political affiliations of people at a university coffee shop Friday morning before injuring two females in central Kentucky, a witness said.

The assailant at Transylvania University was armed with a machete and knives and is thought to be a former student, Lexington police Sgt. Jervis Middleton told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Source: Man arrested in machete attack at Kentucky university coffee shop |

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UC Berkeley Changes Course And Offers To Host Ann Coulter Speech : The Two-Way : NPR

UC Berkeley, the home of the Free Speech Movement, is embroiled in another controversy testing that campus’ legacy. It invited, then disinvited, then reinvited a conservative pundit.

The university had previously announced Wednesday that it was canceling Coulter’s appearance following several political protests in Berkeley that turned violent.

Source: UC Berkeley Changes Course And Offers To Host Ann Coulter Speech : The Two-Way : NPR

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Secret UK tomb found to contain remains of 5 archbishops of Canterbury – Chicago Tribune

In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 25, 2011, then Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams poses with a 400-year old King James Bible at his London residence, Lambeth Palace. According to a statement from the London Museum released Sunday April 16, 2017, the remains of five former archbishops of Canterbury were discovered during renovation works inside a secret tomb beneath a building located next to Lambeth Palace, including the remains of Richard Bancroft who became archbishop in 1604 and played a major role in production of the King James Bible. (Akira Suemori / AP)

A London museum has revealed that the remains of five archbishops of Canterbury were discovered inside a secret tomb beneath its building. The remains of some others have not been identified.

Source: Secret UK tomb found to contain remains of 5 archbishops of Canterbury – Chicago Tribune

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More production, more jobs? CMU pitches businesses on robotics in manufacturing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – At the National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville, two decades of robotics research is on display in the 28 gleaming plaques on the wall: inscribed patents for pieces of technology invented at Carnegie Mellon University.  Now, flush with government money and commitments from private industry, a nonprofit founded at the school is embarking on a new mission: selling the value of robotics and automation to American manufacturing.

Source: More production, more jobs? CMU pitches businesses on robotics in manufacturing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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San Bernardino school shooting: Student among 3 dead –

Two adults died in a shooting Monday in a classroom at San Bernardino, California’s North Park Elementary School, in what is believed to be a murder-suicide, San Bernardino police said.

Story highlights

  • Police: Riverside man kills his wife in a classroom before turning the gun on himself
  • Police: 1 of 2 students wounded later dies at a hospital

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New York set to become first state to offer free tuition at public four-year colleges

A bipartisan budget agreement covers residents from families earning less than $125,000 a year.

Proposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in January, the scholarship taps into one of the Democratic Party’s most popular ideas and advances a bipartisan movement to lower the cost of college that is taking shape across the country.

Source: New York set to become first state to offer free tuition at public four-year colleges

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Mad Catz shuts down, files for chapter 7 bankruptcy – TechSpot

It’s the end of the road for Mad Catz Interactive as the gaming peripheral maker has filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy after betting the house on Rock Band 4.

As Polygon recounts, Mad Catz CEO Darren Richardson and Chairman Thomas Brown both stepped down in February 2016 ahead of a corporate restructuring that saw the company shed 37 percent of its workforce.

In September, Mad Catz sold its Saitek brand and line of space, flight and farm simulation controllers to Logitech for $13 million in cash. This past January, the company received word that it was at risk of being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange and last week, the exchange made good on that promise due to the “abnormally low” trading price of its common stock.

Mad Catz was founded in 1989 and produced a wide range of gaming accessories and controllers over the years.

Source: Mad Catz shuts down, files for chapter 7 bankruptcy – TechSpot

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5-year-old girl suspended for playing with gun-like stick – TheBlaze

Caitlin Miller said that she was playing “king and queen” with her to friends, and was imagining that she was a guard. She picked up the stick and pretended to shoot an “intruder” into their imaginary kingdom, when school officials swept in and swiftly imposed the penalty for her crime.

Source: 5-year-old girl suspended for playing with gun-like stick – TheBlaze

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Jeannette could furlough up to 10 teachers | TribLIVE

As many as 10 employees of the Jeannette City School District could be furloughed as officials contend with shrinking enrollment and a 2017-18 budget shortfall of almost $1 million.

“Up to this point, we’ve been able to find ways to make the revenues and expenditures match,” said Superintendent Matthew Hutcheson. “We’re now at a point where I don’t know what the answer is. I don’t know how we address the shortfalls.”

Source: Jeannette could furlough up to 10 teachers | TribLIVE


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Hempfield SD officials investigating racist video involving young students | WPXI

Hempfield SD officials investigating racist video involving young students

GREENSBURG, Pa. – Officials are investigating after several middle and elementary school students in Westmoreland County appeared in a racist video that was posted on social media.

The video includes several boys who danced and made obscene gestures while a homemade rap song played, calling the song’s target “the whitest black man I know.” One boy wore what appears to be a Klansman’s hood made of paper, while another waved a toy gun.

Hempfield Area School District Superintendent Barbara Marin said in a statement that a school police officer and the district’s administration worked to identify all of the children involved.

“We will not tolerate this type of racial intimidation and harassment,” Marin said in her statement.

In a letter sent to parents (CLICK HERE to read), Marin confirmed that the video was created at home by Hempfield middle and elementary school students. A student who does not attend school in the district posted the video on Twitter.


Source: Hempfield SD officials investigating racist video involving young students | WPXI

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Substitute teacher hid box of wine in purse, police say | WPXI

A substitute teacher at a South Carolina high school was transported to a local medical center on Friday morning after she was discovered to be so intoxicated that she could not even stand up, WIS-TV reported.

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Judith Elizabeth Richards-Gartee, 52, was taken to Lexington Medical Center after she threw up on the floor of a classroom, according to an incident report. An administrator at the school called a resource officer, and Richards-Gartee was transported to the nurse’s office in a wheelchair before paramedics arrived to take her to the hospital, according to WIS-TV.

Authorities said the woman had a box of wine concealed in her purse.

“She had a box of wine in her bag that was opened, and students said she was consuming the wine during class,” the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department wrote in a report.

Richards-Gartee was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

The Lexington School District released a statement on the incident Monday morning.

“On Friday, March 10, 2017, it was reported to the Administration of Brookland-Cayce School that a substitute teacher was behaving erratically and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. This substitute is not an employee of the District, but works for Kelly Services. Kelly contracts with the District to provide substitute teachers.

Source: Substitute teacher hid box of wine in purse, police say | WPXI

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‘Day Without a Woman’ strike shuts down schools as teachers bolt | Fox News

Schools in at least three states are closing so teachers can participate in A Day Without a Woman strike in which organizers are urging female workers to stay home.The strike was created by the organizers of the historic Women’s March on Washington in January, which drew hundreds of thousands in protest of Trump. Among the groups supporting Wednesday’s demonstration are Planned Parenthood, and Amnesty International, according to the Women’s March website.

On Monday, school officials in Alexandria, Va., North Carolina’s Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District and New York announced they are canceling classes in anticipation of staff shortages due to the event.

Source: ‘Day Without a Woman’ strike shuts down schools as teachers bolt | Fox News

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(USA Today) University of Missouri names interim president

A stop sign on the University of Missouri campus had been altered to say “Stop Hate” on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Columbia, Mo. (Photo: Ellise Verheyen, AP)


The governing board of the University of Missouri on Thursday named a black law professor and deputy chancellor emeritus to serve as interim president of a university system under siege from racial turmoil.

Michael Middleton, who recently retired from the university after 30 years, earned bachelor and law degrees there. His selection came three days after Tim Wolfe resigned amid a firestorm over his handling of a series of racially charged events on the sprawling campus in Columbia.

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Melissa Click’s statement

Statement by Melissa Click, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, regarding Carnahan Quad protests:

“Yesterday was an historic day at MU — full of emotion and confusion. I have reviewed and reflected upon the video of me that is circulating, and have written this statement to offer both apology and context for my actions. I have reached out to the journalists involved to offer my sincere apologies and to express regret over my actions. I regret the language and strategies I used, and sincerely apologize to the MU campus community, and journalists at large, for my behavior, and also for the way my actions have shifted attention away from the students’ campaign for justice.

“From this experience I have learned about humanity and humility. When I apologized to one of the reporters in a phone call this afternoon, he accepted my apology. I believe he is doing a difficult job, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with him. His dignity also speaks well to the Journalism program at MU. Again, I wish to express my sincere apology for my actions on Carnahan Quad yesterday.”

UPDATE: MU faculty member resigns courtesy appointment, apologizes for photojournalist incident

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(  – Thank a Police Officer Day 2015

As social media makes the world a much smaller and connected place, law enforcement officers seem to be in the spotlight, a negative light.

Saturday, Sept. 19 is National Thank a Police Officer Day. This annual event was started by The Whole Truth Project.

The group suggest civilians make a small gesture to display appreciation and gratitude by saying “thank you.”

Two years ago The Whole Truth Project and the City of Broussard celebrated “Thank a Police Officer Day” by delivering cookie and bloom baskets in the shape of badges– just to say “Thank You.”

The Whole Truth Project is an organization dedicated to protecting innocent police officers, wrongfully accused of police misconduct in wrongful conviction lawsuits and other civil rights cases.


Source: | Continuous News Coverage | Acadiana-Lafayette – Thank a Police Officer Day 2015

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(post gazette) – CMU, speaks out against racial profiling of Texas student inventor

By Mary Niederberger / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

During a visit to Carnegie Mellon University this afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke out against officials in a Texas school who alerted police that a student’s homemade clock might be a bomb.

As a result, Ahmed Mohamed, 14, a student at MacArthur High School in Irving, was arrested and handcuffed and taken to a detention center before police later decided not to charge him. Ahmed is Muslim and originally from Sudan.

“I was furious about it,” Mr. Duncan said. “This was racial profiling.”

The secretary said he was sorry that the boy and his family “had to go through this.”

Ahmed had taken the invention to school to show his engineering teacher when another teacher spotted it and suspected it was a bomb.

“We need more boys and girls to be tinkering,” the secretary said while in a room filled with robotics and other technology projects that CMU students work on jointly with students in local school districts.

Ahmed has since been invited to the White House.

Mr. Duncan visited CMU as the last stop of his seven-state, 10-stop tour dubbed “Ready for Success.”

He met with CMU students and took part in a town hall discussion that included Pittsburgh Publiv Schools Superintendent Linda Lane, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and members of the Pittsburgh school board.

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(US News) – Chelsea Clinton promoting debut book, has no immediate plans to campaign for mother

The Associated Press

Chelsea Clinton, right, speaks with teen actress, author and magazine publisher Tavi Gevinson on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in New York. Clinton was beginning a tour for her new book “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” (AP Photo/Hillel Italie)

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Campaigning will have to wait for Chelsea Clinton.

For now, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s daughter is absorbed in the promotion for her debut book “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!,” a detailed primer for young people seeking to become more politically and socially engaged.

“This is what I’m focused on,” she told The Associated Press on Wednesday during a brief telephone interview from Chicago, the second stop on a planned 20-city tour at schools nationwide.

Clinton’s book was published Tuesday and has been in Amazon’s top 100 since. Most authors, especially first-time ones, would be looking constantly at their Amazon page. But Clinton, still animated from meeting with students at a Chicago elementary school where the principal is an old friend, said that’s not so with her.

“I’m very much engaged in the substance of the book,” she said. “I haven’t had any time to track it on Amazon.”

Clinton, 35, told a gathering Tuesday night at a Barnes & Noble in New York that her immediate priorities were the book, the Clinton Foundation and her family, including husband Marc Mezvinsky (who attended the Tuesday event) and daughter Charlotte.

Asked when she might campaign for her mother, something she did often in 2008, Clinton said that while “it’s no secret” she strongly supported her mother’s Democratic presidential candidacy, she wasn’t ready to discuss any long-term plans.

“I have a lot of work in front of me,” she said.

Clinton does have at least one commitment after the tour ends: a second book. In June, Oxford University Press plans to release a revised edition of Clinton’s dissertation on global health and how it is “governed/managed between the public and private sectors,” the publisher’s director of publicity, Christian Purdy, told the AP on Wednesday.

Bill and Hillary Clinton each have written books and Chelsea said she greatly enjoyed working on “It’s Your World.” She liked the writing and editing and how the process helped her “crystallize” her thoughts about education, homelessness and other issues. She also appreciated her conversations with young people who helped her decide what should be included and what should be cut.

“It’s Your World” was written for ages 10-14.

The next book, currently untitled, is “for a different audience,” she said.

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(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) – Pennsylvania sees rise in homeless students

And while that one-year increase seems dramatic, even more troubling is the 94 percent increase in homeless students in the state since the start of the economic recession in the 2007-08 school year.

Translated into numbers, there were 11,756 homeless students identified in Pennsylvania in 2007-08, an amount that nearly doubled, to 22,765, by 2013-14.

Nationally, nearly 1.4 million homeless children attended the nation’s public schools in 2013-14, up from 795,054 in 2007-08.

Those numbers were the focus of a report released Monday by First Focus Campaign for Children, whose organizers are pushing for federal legislation that would broaden the number of homeless families who qualify for federal services.

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Local experts say two factors contribute to the increase in the number of homeless students reported by the state: A more focused and specific accounting of homeless students enacted by the state Department of Education four years ago and an economy that has made it difficult for families to climb out of homelessness since the economic crisis of 2008.

“You have school districts that are doing a much better job at identifying students. But we also have families who become homeless over and over again and are taking a really long time to get out,” said Nicole Anderson, coordinator for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s homeless education initiative, which covers a nine-county region.

The region encompasses Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

In the 2012-13 school year, 2,264 children, ages birth through 12th grade, were identified as homeless in Allegheny County. That total rose to 2,958 in the 2013-14 school year.

Of the 694-child increase, 550 were children ages birth to 5 years old, AIU records show. That rise may be attributed to increased outreach in early childhood and housing programs, Ms. Anderson said.

The U.S. Department of Education numbers do not include young children who are not enrolled in public school.

Currently, fewer than 20 percent of students identified as homeless by schools qualify for services provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said Ed Walz, vice president of First Focus.

The federal McKinney-Vento Act, which oversees education and related services for homeless children, considers homeless any children who “lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.”

That definition includes those living in homeless shelters, doubled up with others, in hotels, motels, trailer parks or campgrounds, in public spaces, cars or abandoned buildings or those awaiting foster care placement.

However, HUD’s definition of homelessness differs from that of the McKinney-Vento Act, said Bill Wolfe, executive director of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund in Pittsburgh.

“Families who are living in doubled-up situations, and that’s the majority of homeless families, are not considered homeless under HUD’s definition. So they have trouble getting the housing services.”

Mr. Walz’s group supports the proposed Homeless Children and Youth Act, which would amend the HUD definition of homelessness to include all children identified as homeless by public schools. The U.S. Senate version of the bill was introduced in January, the House bill in April. Both sit in committees.

There is some good news, of sorts, about the higher numbers reported in Pennsylvania. Because the funding formula for homeless services is based on the number of students identified, more funding has become available.

“There hasn’t been a huge funding increase at the federal level, so we are not seeing great increases. But the money we do get allows us to do more direct support for families,” Ms. Anderson said.

“So we have purchased hundreds of uniforms and backpacks and school supplies and, for high school kids, those very expensive graphing calculators.”

Mary Niederberger:, 412-263-1590 or on Twitter @MaryNied.

Source: Pennsylvania sees rise in homeless students | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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